While you may or may not have seen the “staging” techniques on television, you can understand how important they are to selling a home. If you are buying real estate, you need to understand that staging techniques are meant to highlight a home’s assets, while diminishing its flaws.
So as not to get caught up in faux finishes, fancy or minimal furnishings or fixtures, here is a list of common techniques; things to look for when shopping for your dream home.
* Baked cookies emit a homey smell, gauzy curtains blowing by the windows, and soft music making things dreamy are often-used techniques. Take your time and don’t be confused by camouflage and coverups.
* Throw open curtains and really take a look to see what’s outside the windows. Look for power poles, backyard dog runs, a parking lot or heaven knows what else.
* Ask for the music to be turned off so you can listen for any unusual sounds.
* Act snoopy by opening and inspecting closets, attic doors, cabinet doors, and any other-wise closed off areas. Follow where extension cords are going too.
" ...things to look for when shopping for your dream home."
2. Small Furniture
* Just as certain types of clothes make us look slender, very small furniture can make a room appear larger than it is by exaggerating spatial proportions.
* Understand that while the furnishings might not be to your lifestyle, take note whether the master bedroom can accommodate your king bed and dresser.
* It’s not out of line to bring a tape measure and figure out how big a bay area is or if the petite Barbie doll chaise is masking a rather small nook.
* Does walking into a baby’s room with crib and mobile make you feel all fuzzy and warm? Wake up.
* If a room has organized shelving do you imagine yourself doing scrapbooking or sewing? If you feel yourself feeling swayed, think about the activities you actually do now and pay attention to whether that room really suits your needs.
* Treatments such as wallpaper or painting techniques can cover up water stains or cracks.
* Don’t be afraid to ask to look behind folding screens, art or rugs. Also certain rooms can be made to look larger by taking doors off their hinges. Be observant and note whether something appears new or concealing a flaw.
5. Neighborhood watch
* Check out the lawn, see if others have cars parked in the yard, have pit bulls behind fences, or screaming kids at all hours.
* Visit your potential home at different hours, at night, during a rain—a relatively calm neighborhood appearance can be wildly chaotic on the weekends.
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